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Washington Backcountry Trails

Trailhead Sign


Swamp Lake

Swamp Lake

Definition of terms below
Location: William O. Douglas Wilderness
Directions: Head east on  Hwy 410 head over Chinook Pass, turn right on FR 78 Bumping Lake Road, go past Bumping Lake, at "y" stay on FR 174 go to the end of the road and park at trailhead.
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation +/- 1700 ft elevation gain
Distance: 10+ Miles Roundtrip
Rating: 8 out of 10
Fishing: okay
Scenery: great, the elk calves made it fun 
Map: Printable Topo Map


Swamp Lake is worth a weekend visit. Take a raft, it is a big lake, or look for our old log raft we made somewhere along the shoreline.

This was a fun hike with the morning ford of the river and seeing the elk calves playing in the meadow across from the lake.

I thought the small cabin and the small bridge were nice amenities. 

Fishing-- It was poor. There are a bunch of fish, but we could not find enough good paddles to keep us in a fishing spot with the wind blowing us here and there. I used  my all time favorite the Brown Vibrax Rooster tail.

 Do it again? No

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